Mushrooms and Gut Health: Boost Prebiotics*

Why people are paying attention to the connections between mushrooms and gut health*

There’s a reason for the trend around gut health—our “second brain” has been shown to reside in our gut, which has a huge impact on our brain chemistry.* The health of our internal ecosystems shouldn’t be overlooked. Consider an important lesson from nature: There is strength in diversity. As humans, the majority of our food is of plant and animal origin, but we run the risk of overlooking an entire kingdom of food organisms. Let’s talk about mushrooms and gut health and how adding more fungi-based foods can encourage this sacred, necessary diversity within us.*

Mushrooms as prebiotics

Mushrooms don’t necessarily have a reputation for being beneficial for gut health. However, their carbohydrate profiles make them a great choice if you want to add more prebiotics to your diet.* Mushrooms contain chitin, a variety of other forms of carbohydrates, including β- and α-glucans, mannans, xylans, hemicellulose, and galactans. These ingredients support the growth of gut microflora.*

When friendly bacteria dominate, you are equipped with an internal army that supports overall health.* A healthy gut supports metabolic function, exercise, a sense of clarity and a normal mood.*

Probiotics and prebiotics are both essential to keeping this microbiome in optimal health.* In short, probiotics replenish gut bacteria, while prebiotics feed gut bacteria. Think of consuming probiotics as adding fish to a pond and prebiotics as feeding the fish already in the pond. This is the main link between eating mushrooms and gut health.*

Known Fungi

It’s impossible to discuss mushrooms and gut health without also mentioning mushrooms’ cousin, Kombucha.

There is a common misconception that kombucha comes from a mushroom. This is somewhat true and is largely due to a misunderstanding of fungi. Mushrooms are fungi, but they make up only a fraction of the kingdom. That is, a fungus is not usually a mushroom. Fungi comprise an entire kingdom, and many species of fungi do not fruit any mushrooms, remaining simply as an expanding mycelial network or budding yeast.

Yeast is also part of the fungal kingdom, and is actually the fungus that makes kombucha. Scoby (the “first seed” for making kombucha) is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The yeast used to grow most kombucha is either acetobacter xylinoides or acetobacter ketogenum.​

Mushrooms and Gut Health: Turkey Tail Mushroom*

While eating a variety of mushrooms and fermented foods like kombucha will equip you with all those good prebiotics, turkey tail stands out as a nutrient powerhouse for our tiny friends.* In vitro studies show that turkey tail turkey can support populations of good bacteria, namely Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, to crowd out populations of bad bacteria. It is one of the 10 mushrooms in our Daily 10 Tincture.

Revive your gut health with mushrooms*

Consider double-extracted, organically grown and processed mushroom tincture for powerful full-spectrum benefits! A wonderful source of fungal prebiotics. Try the Turkey Tail at ours Daily 10 Tincture today!

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